A black comedy whose satirical reach largely exceeds its written grasp, “Chunky Monkey” isn’t dark enough to really get under the viewer’s skin nor consistently funny enough to work as over-the-top entertainment. First feature by former actor Greg Cruttwell, shot three years ago for £160,000 ($290,000) but delayed by threatened litigation from three separate parties, has been getting occasional late November London playdates.
A psychotic nerd, Donald (David Threlfall), keeps getting interrupted one evening by other wackos while waiting to fulfil his ultimate fantasy — anal intercourse with a certain “Julie Andrews,” the latter smeared with the titular ice cream and singing “The hills are alive.” Visitors include skinhead Christians (Nicola Stapleton, Danny Nussbaum), an Afro Jesus figure (Colin McFarlane) who can walk on water, and a nutty neighbor (Alison Steadman). Donald, meanwhile, has the chopped-up body of an Indian restaurateur in his icebox, so things finally turn bloody. Entirely set in a single apartment, this could make a reasonable off-off play, but despite agile camerawork and editing, plus robust perfs, the dialogue-heavy pic rarely takes off as black farce. DV-to-film transfer is good.